Experience the unparalleled sophistication of MONA. Fly from Hobart to the Freycinet Peninsula, taking in the stunning East Coast scenery including the world renowned Wineglass bay. Immerse yourself in the pristine sanctuary of the Friendly Beaches Lodge and walk the pure white sands of the Freycinet National park. Travel south for a rare look at the legendary Tasmanian property Windgrove, where sculpture and landscape become one.
This journey stretches from Hobart to the Freycinet Peninsula and back down to the southern tip of the Tasman Peninsula. You will be joining an exclusive private tour of MONA as the museum is closed to the public on Tuesdays.
Art of Nature is an all inclusive guided experience, covering accommodation at MONA Pavilions and at Friendly Beaches Lodge. Transport by plane, boat and bus – ex Hobart and return. All meals and wine including MONA wine tasting & exclusive MONA tour. Maximum 10 guests.
Arrival and check into your MONA Pavilion.
Join your fellow guests and guides at reception for your exclusive 1.5 hour tour of MONA. MONA is closed to the public on Tuesdays so enjoy it’s mind-blowing depths in complete privacy. On your exclusive tour you will gain an insight into the artists, the architecture and of course hear more about David Walsh, the man behind it all. Then take it all in with a drink at the underground Void Bar. Continue your relaxation at the Cellar Door with a guided Moorilla wine and Moo Brew beer tasting. Finish the day with satisfaction at The Source Restaurant with dinner prepared by Chef Vince Trim and matched with wines by Sommelier Pip Anderson.
Enjoy a relaxing breakfast at The Source Restaurant, before your hour long flight along the pristine East Coast of Tasmania. You will pass Maria Island National Park, then continue along to the Freycinet Peninsula. Here you will be treated to breathtaking views of red granite mountains and sugar white beaches, including the stunning turquoise waters of Wineglass Bay. Descending alongside the Hazards Mountains, before landing at Friendly Beaches, located on the Northern end of the Freycinet Peninsula.
Welcome to the secluded Friendly Beaches Lodge; eco-friendly and off the grid, enjoy the uncomplicated luxury of this retreat. Hailed by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects for its stylish sustainable design, the lodge is hidden in a 130-hectare private sanctuary, which is in turn surrounded by the stunning Freycinet National Park.
Led by your guides, your group will explore a fossil laden walk along the property to the nesting lagoon of black swans and onto the pure white sands of pristine Friendly Beaches. Let the art of nature do its work. Charming lodge hosts will create delicious meals using premium Tasmanian produce matched with local wines. Sleep to the sound of the waves.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast, then transfer to Coles Bay and board the Naturaliste for a spectacular sea cruise down the western length of the Freycinet Peninsula. After disembarking at historic Cooks Beach, you begin a spectacular walk through wild flowers and coastal heathlands, along pristine deserted beaches to the world renowned Wineglass Bay.
Refuel with a picnic lunch on the sugar white sands and swim in Wineglass’s crystalline waters. Feeling refreshed, take the climb to Wineglass Bay Lookout for sublime views. Back at the lodge, enjoy a soothing hot shower or bath before drinks and dinner.
Walking time: 5hrs
After breakfast, head down Tasmania’s east coast to Windgrove on the Tasman Peninsula (3 hours travelling time). An intimate immersion into sculpture and place awaits you on this 100-acre coastal property that borders the wild Roaring Beach and looks across Storm Bay to the Antarctic.
Renowned sculptor Peter Adams, whose work is displayed in six museums internationally, purchased Windgrove in 1991. He has spent the ensuing years transforming the landscape through the planting of 8,000 trees and the creation of several large-scale Earth Art features. Spend the afternoon investigating the small-scale studio art and larger site specific sculpture.
Rest back for the one hour travel to Hobart. This completes your Art of Nature journey. You can be taken to the airport in time for evening flights (for those whose flights depart after 7.30 pm) or continue into Hobart for a longer holiday.